Archives for category: Baking

Thursday when I was done work around lunch time I went out for lunch at my favourite Vietnamese place. There were spring rolls, fried wontons, and dumplings involved. All amazingly delicious but not so good for me.

Car Wash March 29 2013 (1)

After lunch I ended up at the car wash cause the car was pretty dirty. I can’t be the only one who still gets excited about the car wash like a five year old, right?

Friday night I was invited to a friend’s place for homemade pizza. I brought over some Corona to share, cause really if you’re going to be eating some good pizza, you might as well wash it down with some beer. The first pizza was barbecued chicken, and the second was pepperoni and onions. While I like both of them, the pepperoni pizza was definitely my favourite.

Fake Cheesecake March 31 2013

Saturday afternoon I made a “fake cheesecake” for Easter dinner Sunday. There’s no cream cheese and you don’t have to bake it. It’s definitely not a real cheesecake, but for putting in a minimal effort, it’s pretty tasty.

Once the cheesecake was done I went for a walk. It was beautiful out – there were lots of other people and dogs taking advantage of the nice weather.

Easter 2013 March 31 2013 (1)

Sunday was all about Easter. I went to church in the morning, and had an Easter dinner with the family in the afternoon. There also might have been a little chocolate eaten. Cause it’s not Easter until you eat a chocolate egg or chocolate bunny, right?

 

Oatmeal Cookies March 14 2013 (1)

I made some oatmeal cookies awhile ago. When I say “made”, I mean that in the very loosest sense of the word. All I did was add an egg or two, some oil, and water, and the cookie dough was done.

Oatmeal Cookies March 14 2013 (2)

They turned out okay, but you could tell that they weren’t homemade. I usually don’t make things from mixes, and these cookies confirm why. If I’m going to put in the effort to bake something, I might as well do it all by myself instead of using a mix, cause it always turns out way better.

That’s not to say that they didn’t get eaten though. Within a couple days they were all gone.

Like I mentioned awhile ago, I made banana bread, and I thought it was about time I shared it with you.

Banana Bread March 7 2013 (3)

Combine the wet ingredients.

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Combine the dry ingredients.

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Mashed banana. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients with the banana.

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Add coconut and walnuts to the mixture. Pour into loaf pans and bake.

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Fresh out of the oven.

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Cooled and ready to eat.

I used the banana bread recipe from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, but you can find a very similar recipe here.

What’s the last thing you baked?

I made sugar cookies not too long ago and thought I’d share them with you.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (6)

First I combined the dry ingredients together.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (1)

Then I mixed together the wet ingredients. I added the dry to the wet and combined.

Sugar Cookies February 14 2013 (2)

I split the dough in two pieces and wrapped it in plastic wrap to chill in the fridge for a few hours.

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I then let it come to room temperature, rolled it out (with lots of flour to keep it from sticking), and cut out the cookies.

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I think they come out looking pretty good. Apparently I’m still feeling Christmas-y cause I used wreath and star cookie cutters. Don’t ask why I picked those two cause I have no idea.

I used the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies, but I found a very similar recipe on her site here.

What’s the last thing you baked?

My brother loves Eatmore Bars. When he found a recipe to make them at home, he asked me to make them. I’m a wonderful sister, so I did and I thought I’d share them with you.

Eatmore Bars November 29 2012 (3)

There’s not many ingredients – just chocolate chips.

Eatmore Bars November 29 2012 (2)

chopped peanuts,

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oatmeal, peanut butter, and corn syrup.

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Melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup together.

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Add the oatmeal and peanuts.

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Mix together.

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Put into a parchment paper lined pan.

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Let chill in fridge and then cut into squares.

They’re pretty easy to make. I’ve never tried an Eatmore Bar before, but my brother said these taste just like the original. I tried a piece of the ones I made, and I have to admit that they were pretty good.

For the recipe click here.

What’s your favourite candy bar?

Pinterest Rum Balls January 12 2013 (10)

I didn’t get a chance to post all of the baking that I did for Christmas before Christmas, so I thought I’d write about it even though the holidays are over. You can’t go wrong with delicious things to bake, right?

We got this recipe from friend of my mom’s close to 20 years ago. I made them just about every Christmas. The secret to these are adding more rum than the recipe says to.

Rum Babbas December 18 2012 (11)

Melt together half a cup of butter, half a cup of icing sugar, and 3/4 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.

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I usually do it in the microwave, but it could be done in a double boiler as well.

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The chocolate smells so good at this point.

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Add two eggs, a pinch of salt, one and a quarter cups of graham crumbs, and three tablespoons of rum. Mix well.

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Cover and chill mixture well. I usually leave it in the fridge for a couple hours

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Roll into one inch balls.

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Coat with chocolate sprinkles.

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Store in the fridge or freezer. These always disappear pretty quick in our house so I try to make them as close as possible to Christmas.

What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012

Mixing the dry ingredients together, with almost half a cup of spices.

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012 (2)

Mixing the wet ingredients together. The brown sugar gives it the brown color.

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012 (1)

After mixing the wet and dry ingredients together it smells amazing.

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Wrapping it up to put it in the fridge to chill before rolling it out.

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Cutting out the gingerbread men.

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Fresh out of the oven.

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Cooling, making the house smell so good.

Recipe can be found here, thanks to Martha Stewart.

Cereal Snack Mix Pinterest December 15 2012 (6)

I make this every Christmas. The family loves it, and it’s a nice change from all the sweets.

Cereal Snack Mix November 30 2012 (1)

Ingredients:

1 and a half boxes Crispix cereal

Half a box Cheerios

1 bag pretzels

300 grams mixed nuts

2 sticks unsalted butter

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3 teaspoons seasoning salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Cereal Snack Mix November 30 2012 (3)

First off, mix the cereals, pretzels, and nuts in a large mixing bowl. I use the biggest one I have – there’s a lot of cereal!

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Mix together the spices – seasoning salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

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Melt the butter in a roasting pan in a 250 degree oven. Once the butter is melted, add the Worcestershire sauce.  Add the spice mixture and mix well so there’s no clumps left. .

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Add the cereal mixture to the roasting pan and mix well so the cereal is evenly coated in the butter and spices.

Put it back into the oven for 75 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Once it’s done cooking, cool on wire rack until completely cool. Store in air tight container for up to a week.

Be warned that in our house this stuff disappears fast really fast. I always think I have tonnes of it, but before I know it, it’s disappeared.

Adapted from Chex party mix.

I make shortbread cookies every year for Christmas. I could make them whenever, but I think they taste better at Christmas.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (1)

The dough is pretty basic, and was easy to make. These cookies have to be some of the easiest to make, even if you’re not a baker.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (2)

Once the dough is mixed together, you put it into a parchment paper lined pan. I used the bottom of a measuring up to flatten the top. Before you put it into the oven you use a sharp knife to cut it into squares.

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Once it’s been baked and cooled, re-cut the pieces again, and they’re ready to eat! They keep well in the freezer.

This is a very similar recipe to my go to one for shortbread. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

The walk with my friend Friday afternoon was an awesome start to the weekend – it was just what I needed to relax and spend some quality time with her talking. It wasn’t too cold, so that was nice too.

 

The horror movie and Chinese food with the boyfriend didn’t happen. It ended up being the first Harry Potter movie and pizza. I think the boyfriend and his roommates were going to turn the night into a Harry Potter marathon, but I ended up leaving cause I can’t sit still long enough to watch more than one movie.

The White Queen The Red Queen November 26 2012

Saturday I ended up at the used book store and bought the first two books in the Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory. I’ve read quite a few books by her already, and really enjoyed them, so I thought these were a pretty safe bet.

Sunday was pretty laid back, just cleaning, laundry, and some Christmas baking. I now have three things crossed off my list, and six more to go! I have to label all my Christmas baking “Do not eat” once it goes into the freezer, otherwise a big chunk of it will disappear before Christmas.

Since Calgary was playing in the Grey Cup yesterday, there was a lot of coverage about it on the radio and on TV. I’m not a football person, so I’m kind of happy it’s over.

I’m babysitting for two of my favourite kids tonight, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m sure there will be at least one or two tea parties while I’m there.

Did you watch the Grey Cup? What are you looking forward to this week?